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Ken Kaissar KEN KAISSAR

Ken Kaissar’s adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucers’s THE CANTERBURY TALES was commissioned and premiered by Columbia University in 2008. His ten-minute play CEASEFIRE was heard at the Great Plains Theatre Conference in 2007 and went on to become a regional winner in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. His play CREATIVITY was a finalist in the Ashland New Plays Festival and the Texas Non-Profit New Plays Contest. He holds a BFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in playwriting from Columbia.

The Victims or What Do You Want Me To Do About It?

The Victims shifts back and forth between two parallel worlds, one literal and the other poetic. As David travels to Israel to gather research and an understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Paula stumbles upon the garden of Jidi and Bassee, two creatures who live in an idyllic world where they grow their own food and live in tranquility, if not for the fact that the alleged owner of the garden comes to beat them everyday. But with Paula’s arrival comes hope, as she sets out to put an end to the daily beatings. Eventually, Paula and David’s good intentions are hindered by the ubiquitous attitude that all sides of the conflict have adopted: “What do you want me to do about it?”